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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 2, 2009 9:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dreadful Greats

i agree that he had heart and soul (as user stated above) and maybe he was "special" - but that equals talent not. stage presence is not necessarily reflective of talent. I also respect everyone's opinion (well, maybe not Tell and JOTS when they rag on my hometeam, but....) - i am just going by musical knowledge (instrumentationally) and kinda pure reader (listener) response theory. i.e. i just dont "hear it" - to me, he ruins more songs than he enhances (ok, maybe not as bad as donna or vince...)

again, to those who love pig - have at 'im. the pleasure derived from music is most often totally subjective as everyone knows. hey, i cant stand EE Cummings while many poetry loving friends of mine think he is the balls. gimme keith/brent and Gary Snyder/James Dickey any day of the week ;)

peace (even to those who like Pigpen..... j/k)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 2, 2009 11:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dreadful Greats

No Pig, no Grateful Dead. It's that simple. Would have been something, maybe, but would have been something else.

Put this in your pipe and smoke it:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-08-06.aud.bertrando.yerys.129.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 3, 2009 5:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dreadful Greats

irrelevant to my original point (which was based upon personal preference/taste). they became a better band after he left (god rest his soul)

isn't there anything better i can put in my pipe?? ;-P

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jan 3, 2009 12:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dreadful Greats

Wow, I never meant to start a new thread on the merits, or lack of, of Pigpen or any other band member. I thought I was responding to a post about "when the golden road ended for you" and simply responded with how I felt. To each his own I guess.... it's my fault for following up your post that had a different take on Pigpen with a apology/explanation for the way I feel in yet another post. For us who love Pigpen no apology or explanation is needed.
"Pigpen was, and is forever, a member of The Grateful Dead."

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-01-03 08:41:14

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 3, 2009 5:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dreadful Greats

my fault for hijacking. old habits die hard; especially when you are not even trying to bury them

:)


as for the original preposition of the thread. i stopped going to shows in mid 1990 or so. reasons were mostly based upon circumstance than not wanting to go. however, i can say that from what i have listened to, i am glad i stopped going (still kept listening though). 91-95, although there are some good shows during that time period, really cannot hold a candle to the prior years imho